Being a push athlete in bobsledding requires tremendous strength and stamina as well as a lot of speed to push a heavy sled down an icy track at speeds of more than 75 MPH.
Getting their start in track certainly paid off for the brothers. Steve is a four-time national push champion and also winner of the first world push competition. He is a two-time world champ in the two and four-man.
With a little luck Chris would have also been a member of the team. His pilot, Butner, suffered a concussion and couldn’t drive one weekend, so the team didn’t get any points.
“The US qualified to send two four-man teams,” said Sean Langton, Chris and Steve’s brother. “It’s determined by points, and if the third team made it Chris would be on the team. He was unanimously named first alternate by the athletes on the team and the Olympic committee. It’s nice that Steve will have him there.
“Steve is very confident going in. With the right equipment and Holcomb on point, things look good. USA has had a long drought in the two-man event, but Holcomb was in first place overall in the two-man and second in four-man, so the expectations are very high.”